Christian Democracy and the AKP: Parallels and Contrasts

  title={Christian Democracy and the AKP: Parallels and Contrasts},
  author={William M. Hale},
  journal={Turkish Studies},
  pages={293 - 310}
  • W. Hale
  • Published 1 January 2005
  • Political Science
  • Turkish Studies
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